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  1. JSoup

    J105 rudder bearings

    We replaced ours about 5 years ago. We bought both upper and lower Jefa bearings, but ended up just replacing the lower. We did it ourselves. It was not trivial but doable if you are handy. We didn't know how bad ours was until replacing it. The old one felt a little rough, but the impetus to change was that it actually locked up a couple of times in big ocean waves. The new bearing made a big difference in how smooth the steering is (wheel boat). If I remember correctly, the upper bearing was going to be more difficult than expected because mounting holes were not going line up.
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    leave vertical battens in jib when down?

    Monkey - Flaked and “stuffed” are completely different in my world. I’ve seen many cruisers literally stuffing sails into a bag, no flaking, that’s what I was trying to caution against. Even so, we roll our jib all the time on our J/105 as does every other 105 I am aware of that has nice sails. A J/88 (the OP’s boat) has an even smaller jib. And, sure on a boat that swaps headsails, flaking is the only practical solution, but that’s not common on a J/88. Here’s a nice link from Quantum that discusses this topic. https://www.quantumsails.com/en/resources-and-expertise/articles/how-to-fold-sails
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    leave vertical battens in jib when down?

    I agree with taking the battens out when taking it down, but am troubled by the "stuff it into the bag" phrase. That sail should be rolled when you are not using it. As mentioned above, rolling it on the furler (and leaving battens in obviously) with a cover is one choice. If you are taking it down, roll it from the top down. Your bag should be designed to stow it this way versus stuffing.
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    PNW Race Week 2020: DOA Before Birth

    It not clear in the message I got, and partially quoted above, that they aren't trying for a race in 2021, just that Point Roberts is off the table. In fact, the way she phrased it made it look like she was looking for a Covid safe venue (presumably for 2021) that could convert to a more social venue in post Covid times. Did I miss something that said no race at all in 2021? Despite the obvious issues with Point Roberts, it looked like an interesting venue we were looking forward to trying out.
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    J24 Questions

    Speed - the step box goes where you would use it as a step to exit the cabin into the companionway. Many/most boats have a cooler there that doubles as a step and other things coolers do. You cannot have both. https://images.app.goo.gl/crRC3BC4JUYGRiqcA
  6. Thanks for the great recommendations. Started at IYAC, had an appetizer at Zeldas, walked the town and docks, to the extent possible, had a refresher at the Candy Shoppe, now back at Zeldas for dinner. I expect to finish the evening back at IYAC for a true round trip experience. Sailing Anarchy comes through again!
  7. Thanks for the responses so far. For clarification to MrLeft8, my evening is free as in available. I’m happy to pay for whatever I do.
  8. I’m in Framingham, MA and welcome any other suggestions. Obviously, given this website and my interests, Providence and Newport were considerations based on sailing. I also have a friend who may be able to meet, but he’s crazy busy and I can’t count on that.
  9. I’m from the West Coast and have a free evening tonight that I could spend in and around my hotel or take an hour Lyft ride to Providence or 90 minute ride to Newport. Which would you choose, if either, any places I should try to visit (dinner, drinks, sight seeing)? Other thoughts? I’ve done Boston recently.
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    J/105 Companionway trim

    Still hoping for an answer on this - the electrical tape trim isn’t going to last foreverr
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    J/105 Companionway trim

    Jordan - I think you are thinking of the hatch sliders, and yes aluminum is great for that. This is not that.
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    J/105 Companionway trim

    I figured TAP would work, but they don't have anything even close, they sent me to Calsak Plastics who told me to check with the boat manufacturer, so full circle with no luck. The L-shape is important to hold the headliner back up and to cleanup the aesthetic of that area. Waterlines was very disappointing, I e-mailed them initially, then followed up with 4 (!) calls before they finally told me they could only get it in "like 7000' lengths". It's kind of crazy because you have to remove that trim to access under the headliner, which you have to do to replace any cabin top hardware. Our old trim was falling off on the portside but was so attached on the starboard side that I had to chip it off, taking some gelcoat with it.
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    J/105 Companionway trim

    I must not be using the right term, this is not vinyl covered plywood or something you would mill. The trim is an 15’ L-shaped plastic trim piece formed to fit the corner radius’ at the forward end of the companionway. I’ve attached a photo from Waterlines, but they don’t seem to want to sell it to me.https://www.waterlinesystems.com/new-products/j105-companionway-trim-15-long
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    J/105 Companionway trim

    No luck over on Fix Anarchy - try here: We are in need of a new trim piece that holds up the edge of the headliner where it meets the companionway. I've been trying to get an answer out of Waterlines without success so far. Is there an supplier of a pliable material so that I can just fabricate by own? Any other options? Thank you - Eric
  15. We are in need of a new trim piece that holds up the edge of the headliner where it meets the companionway. I've been trying to get an answer out of Waterlines without success so far. Is there an supplier of a pliable material so that I can just fabricate by own? Any other options? Thank you - Eric